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This really hits home. Brought me to tears. Marine funerals were tough….some were absolutely gut wrenching….all were an honor.

You knew they brought peace and pride to the families.
Been to too many but proud to honor our fallen every time. And its a little hard to type with the tears in my eyes.
 

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That was awesome.

I can’t decide which is worse: that CBS felt the need to add subtitles or the possibility that they were needed because that many of our fellow citizens don’t know the words. In any event those young women and men did an awesome job.
Wish we would sing the last stanza more often.
 

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That rendition of the National Anthem in hotel is awesome. I'd love to experience that in person. Have you CD?

And here in Alabama many people still do stop as a funeral procession passes but not everyone. It is actually against the law to stop for one unless you pull off the roadway. During my MIL's funeral last month our vehicle was the first one behind the hearse. I could see some cars in my side-view mirror trying to pass the procession. Fortunately someone towards the back of it moved over to the left lane to hold them off.
 

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That rendition of the National Anthem in hotel is awesome. I'd love to experience that in person. Have you CD?

And here in Alabama many people still do stop as a funeral procession passes but not everyone. It is actually against the law to stop for one unless you pull off the roadway. During my MIL's funeral last month our vehicle was the first one behind the hearse. I could see some cars in my side-view mirror trying to pass the procession. Fortunately someone towards the back of it moved over to the left lane to hold them off.

It chokes me up whenever everyone pulls over to show respect. It doesn’t happen every time though.

I’ve stayed at that hotel when kids were there making noise but not when they’ve sung the National Anthem.
 
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This post seems appropriate here. We've been going through some teenage crap with our son. Great kid, dumb choices. He got his world rocked this week and his life has been throw back into the olden' days of the 80's. No phone, car etc. His work calls all the employees in Saturday for a meeting and ends up telling them that they are closing down. Now he's losing his job too (or relocating them across town.) Last night was his last shift so we decided to arrange a family dinner inviting the daughter and her boyfriend to coincide with when his shift ended and enjoy one last pizza together.

Divine intervention happened and one of the delivery drivers our son met a year ago comes over to say goodbye to him. Son has spoken highly of this guy for a year. Right off you can tell he's different. A good person in a unique way. Always smiling and full of wisdom for a 26 year old. Lived a full life in a short time. He had a pin on his collar so of course I had to ask. Honorably discharged from the Marines. Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal of Honor recipient. We invited him to join us for pizza and beer and closed down the place. This "kid" was saying the same exact things that our son's "dumb old parents" have been saying for years and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. Turns out he was a sniper that ended up too close to an IED on patrol. After they put him back together again, he came home to try and live a normal life. It hasn't been easy. In 2019 he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger on his Glock and it misfired for reasons he can't understand. He can't explain why but I know he's still here because he still have a difference to make in this life. I know we are better off for having met him. God Bless, Steve. There must be thousands of other guys like this out there if you get the time to just talk to them.
 

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This post seems appropriate here. We've been going through some teenage crap with our son. Great kid, dumb choices. He got his world rocked this week and his life has been throw back into the olden' days of the 80's. No phone, car etc. His work calls all the employees in Saturday for a meeting and ends up telling them that they are closing down. Now he's losing his job too (or relocating them across town.) Last night was his last shift so we decided to arrange a family dinner inviting the daughter and her boyfriend to coincide with when his shift ended and enjoy one last pizza together.

Divine intervention happened and one of the delivery drivers our son met a year ago comes over to say goodbye to him. Son has spoken highly of this guy for a year. Right off you can tell he's different. A good person in a unique way. Always smiling and full of wisdom for a 26 year old. Lived a full life in a short time. He had a pin on his collar so of course I had to ask. Honorably discharged from the Marines. Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal of Honor recipient. We invited him to join us for pizza and beer and closed down the place. This "kid" was saying the same exact things that our son's "dumb old parents" have been saying for years and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. Turns out he was a sniper that ended up too close to an IED on patrol. After they put him back together again, he came home to try and live a normal life. It hasn't been easy. In 2019 he put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger on his Glock and it misfired for reasons he can't understand. He can't explain why but I know he's still here because he still have a difference to make in this life. I know we are better off for having met him. God Bless, Steve. There must be thousands of other guys like this out there if you get the time to just talk to them.

This is a great story, and I'm super glad your son is being positively influenced by Steve. I also got chills when I read the part about him putting a glock to his head and pulling the trigger. Cause I've known how unreliable those guns can be. :p :owned:

But seriously, good luck and may God bless you and all of yours.
 

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R.I.P. Ron Rice
Hawaiian Tropic founder, kind generous man to everyone who knew him. I remember a party or two at the round house. I remember his cool beachfront home with no kitchen. The bikini pageants at the bandshell or plaza pool deck. Donnie Allison's car. I once drilled thru a 12 inch thick wall at his guest house to install cable tv. The Lambo from Cannonball Run was the supercar all other supercars were compared to.
 

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“One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh Yeah,” said the son.

“So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.” The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “It showed me just how poor we really are.”

Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. What is one person’s worthless object is another’s prize possession. It is all based on one’s perspective.

Sometimes it takes the perspective of a child to remind us what’s important.”


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